“I don’t know who gets the first bite of the excess over $1 million, but there will not be enough money left to keep the farm intact. Even if the next generation could hold onto a small piece of the farm after estate taxes, the reduction in economy of scale would make the farm unprofitable.”– Clark Granger, who grows Christmas trees on 50 acres in Maine.
An editorial by Nathan Smith - Imagine you’re a rancher. It’s 2 a.m. and a cow giving birth needs professional medical attention. The only problem is that the nearest veterinarian is 100 miles away. For a growing number of livestock producers across the country, this emergency scenario is a harsh reality. America faces a farm animal vet shortage like never before, leaving many farmers and ranchers wondering who they will call the next time their livestock needs emergency care.
The Chesapeake Bay Program Reauthorization and Improvement Act (H.R. 5509) will help farmers while also benefitting communities in the bay’s watershed. The American Farm Bureau Federation is urging the House Agriculture Committee to approve the bill when it comes up for consideration today.
An editorial by Dal Grooms - U.S. manufacturers feel much-maligned by the business press, which consistently points out technology advances and productivity increases in developing markets such as China and India. Yet the National Association of Manufacturers just released a letter it wrote to the U.S. House of Representatives noting, “The United States remains the No. 1 manufacturing economy in the world, producing 21 percent of all manufactured products” in the world.
The Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works marked up S. 1816, the Chesapeake Clean Water and Ecosystem Restoration Act of 2010. The bill represents an extraordinary expansion of Clean Water Act authority, providing new federal regulatory and enforcement mechanisms that will have a significant impact on agriculture.